My husband and I just got back from a little vacation to the happiest place on Earth. I hadn't been to Disneyland in 12 years and it had been 17 years for him so we thought it was time. We spent the first day at Disneyland and went on a ton of rides. I have to say that the fast pass is the most awesome thing ever. We would get our fast passes for one ride, then go on rides with short lines, then jump past a ton of people by using our fast pass. It felt like we spent most of the day on rides rather than waiting in line.
The heat was awful, though. We picked the week that had a massive heat wave covering most of our state (hello, 112* temps) and so it was horribly hot, even in Anaheim. However, we got an early start, went back to our hotel to cool off when it got hot, then went back to do some of the late night stuff.
Aside from the heat and the crowds (I don't recommend going in the summer time if you can avoid it), we had a wonderful time. We got to check out the new Star Tours ride, which is amazing. Seriously, it was a huge improvement over the way it used to be and it was an awesome ride when I was little. We got some Star Wars souvenirs at the shop that you walk through after the ride. Husband got a hat (to replace the one he lost on Splash Mountain) and I got a shirt.
We got to watch the fireworks while we were on the Matterhorn, which was
a great treat. They started before we got on the ride so we watched
from the line, then got to see them as we went around the mountain.
We spent the second day at California Adventure. They were still in the process of building it the last time I was there so I was excited to see what it looked like. I loved the early 1900s feel that it had. We went on Soarin' and Grizzly River Run. Soarin' was incredible. We got front row seats and it really felt like we were flying over California. There is some crazy technology involved in that ride. Grizzly River Run was so much fun. We rode a raft with six other strangers, but it was fun. Both times we rode we chatted with our fellow passengers and really enjoyed the experience. Also, we got really wet both times, which made for a nice break from the heat. I prefer that ride to Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain has one big drop and two smaller ones. The big drop scared the heck out of me and we didn't even get that wet. Grizzly River Run has a bunch of drops, but nothing terrifying, and you actually get wet. It's probably not as great if you're there in February, but it's wonderful in August.
We did a few other things on our trip, which I'll share later once I have all the pictures that we took and I stop feeling quite so much like a zombie.